ArtSpace Gîtes : Fontaine-daniel

artists residencies

come and be inspired

if you are an professional artist, writer or performer and want to stay at ArtSpace Gites for a week or weekend, there is no fee.

whats the catch?

I ask that you contribute in some way with a workshop or talk on your metier. If you would rather have an exhibition or any other event I am open to suggestions.

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artist in residence  : October 2019

Trisha Lambi

Trish's impressions of Fontaine-Daniel...


"I have recently returned from an artist residency at Artspace Gîtes in the village of Fontaine-Daniel in Mayenne. I spent a week there but oh how I wish I’d stayed longer, such was the inspiration I gained from this beautiful village and Ursula’s Gîte.


I was at a crossroads with my figurative painting and came to France seeking inspiration for a new body of work. Not only am I now overflowing with ideas for a figurative series based on the interior of the Artspace Gîte (and the beautiful light which flowed into the space) but I am bursting with inspiration for a new series of landscapes based on scenery within and surrounding the village. Fontaine Daniel has a luminous quality I’ve not seen before and a very special relationship with the trees which surround it. I felt at home immediately in this friendly village and welcomed the independence afforded me by the residency.


Ursula Benjamin runs the program and not only did she take me on a private tour to places not normally seen by the public but she was always on hand when needed. Her passion for art and the village was invigorating and stimulating and I enjoyed her company immensely. The Gîte itself is fully self contained and beautifully appointed. Ursula has decorated it with flair and creativity and every object tells a story.


In short, this village stole my heart and I will definitely return."

Trisha Lambi is an award winning artist known for her bold and lavish oil paintings. Of her work, Lambi says 'Light and its effect on form is my inspiration and whilst I don't particularly aspire to convey a conscious emotion in my work it seems to emerge of its own will'.

She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Highlights of her career include her selection to represent Australia at the 2006 and 2007 Guangzhou Art Fair in China and her selection as a finalist in the 2012 Art Taipei International Competition. She was a Zone winner in the London Olympics 2012 Art Show and was selected as one of the Best Picks for Painting in the 2013 Dubai International Emerging Artist Award.  Her latest  achievement is her selection to exhibit in Underbelly, a group show curated by Dab Art at H Gallery in Ventura California and her selection as a finalist in the 2018 Artbox Project New York.





The images is 'Wistful Dreaming' inspired by the view from the bedroom window of Reflet Gîte.